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Which file extension do reports reside in?

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    Which file extension do reports reside in?

    WHen I modify a report which Alpha 5 file extension is used to update an older program. I can send them all except the BDF file and CDX files but which file or files hold the report definitions.

    Re: Which file extension do reports reside in?

    Fred, check the help file topic "Alpha Five File Types".

    You'll find that the report layouts are stored in the dictionaries of the table or set upon which they are based.


      Re: Which file extension do reports reside in?

      Thanks Tom,

      So to be clear when I change a report or form I only need to sent the .DD file for the table that the change is made in?


        Re: Which file extension do reports reside in?

        Hi Fred,

        Check out the code archive for Jim Chapman's Export/Import routine.

        Also, while in the control panel if you right click on a form or report from the drop down menu you can send that file as an email attachment. Not sure yet how you would get your user without access to the control panel to import it. That is why JC's code is still good for me.
        Keith Hubert
        Alpha Guild Member
        KHDB Management Systems
        Skype = keith.hubert

        For your day-to-day Needs, you Need an Alpha Database!


          Re: Which file extension do reports reside in?

          Fred, no. Sorry. I used the word "dictionaries" on purpose. If your report is based on a single table it is stored in the "data dictionary" for the table. So, to be clear, you would send all three of the dictionary files, not one file as you have imagined. The "data dictionary" for a table should be thought of as a unit even though it consists of 3 physical files. You should never split them up by copying only one of them somewhere.

          When you send the "data dictionary" for a table you will be sending all the layouts for that table, not just the report you've been working on. This is often just fine depending on what you need.

          Keith is referencing a technique that can be used to easily send a single report if the necessary scripts are present in the two databases.


            Re: Which file extension do reports reside in?

            Tom and Keith

            Thaks to both of you for your answerss. I sent all of the files associated with the table except for the DBF and CDX files since there was no structure change.


            I usually update my applications by sending the entire application minus the DBF files so that all new changes are picked up. I use the Astrum installer to create the install routine and use it for all updates. I have a application that has over 2,000 users and each quarter we send out an update with changes, updates and new tables included.